Guest Editors: Valentina Romanzi + Bruno Walter Renato Toscano
The quest to define the true essence of US identity dates back to colonial times, long before the nation itself was formally established. Yet, scholars traditionally situate the first explicit investigation into what constitutes an American citizen in J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur’s Letters from an American Farmer (1782). The third of the titular letters, aptly named “What is an American,” offers a list of features that de Crèvecœur considered quintessential to Americanness: industry, freedom, individualism, equality, assimilation. All these elements converged in what later became known as American exceptionalism, a doctrine that undergirded (and, to an extent, still undergirds) most, if not all, of US foreign policy.
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2nd AISNA Graduates Conference
Voting Divide: The Changing Boundaries of Citizenship in the United States
May 6, 2021 Centro Studi Americani, ROME
virtual event through online streaming
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CFP: JAm It! #5, Special Issue
“Watching the Watchmen:” The State of Policing in U.S. Cultural Production
US obsession with policing can be traced back as far as John Winthrop’s sermon “A Model of Christian Charity” (climaxed in the noted “the eyes of all people are on us”), delivered in 1630 on board of the Arbella. In one of white America’s foundational texts, the “eyes of all people” stand as an early figuration of panoptical undercurrents in the United States, whereby a professedly metaphysical yet very concrete control is enforced to safeguard social and ethical order. Canonical US literature, from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man also reminds us that order, even when not deferred to the State, has been violently enforced through coercion, stigma, or segregation throughout the history of the nation. Echoing the seminal figure of Esther Prynne, narratives produced by authors as diverse as W. E. B. Du Bois, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and, more recently, Sandra Cisneros, Louise Erdrich, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, are figurations and proofs of the United States’ leviathan policing apparatus and its employment in regulating non-conforming subjects in the name of a perfectly-engineered City Upon a Hill and the capitalistic permutation of its transcendental concept of social order.
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Guest Editors: Francesco Chianese and Cristina Di Maio
Only about ten years ago, in his inaugural speech, Barack Obama expounded a reassuring and quasi-utopian view of the United States, by claiming the “patchwork heritage” of the United States to be a strength, as well as the very fabric of its society. He thus drew the fire of those who maintained that such a position would inexcusably downplay the racial contradictions and inequalities that had marked the country’s history. And yet, in the same years, alternative standpoints ardently promoted the multicultural model, defined as an effective realization of cultural pluralism, and hybrid and post-ethnic frameworks were boldly being endorsed. In fact, ever since the Nineties, alongside great efforts to voice the perspective of cultural minorities, the critical discourse in various academic fields has at times highlighted a certain skepticism towards studies privileging an ethnic analytical framework for investigating social dynamics, cultural and literary texts, or even an inclusive multicultural perspective where diverse ethnic viewpoint could co-exist.
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Tu vuò fa’ l’americanista
Ma si’ nato in Italy?
Le attività di AISNA Graduates quest’anno si sono strutturate, moltiplicate e rafforzate. La squadra attuale, organizzata in diversi gruppi, sta lavorando alla programmazione 2019, che si preannuncia già intensa. Perciò di seguito troverai le call for applications per entrare a far parte del comitato organizzativo di AISNA Graduates Forum.
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Si segnala il programma dettagliato delle giornate AISNA (27 Settembre) e AISNA Graduate Forum (28 Settembre) che si svolgeranno presso il Centro Studi Americani di Roma.
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AISNA GRADUATE FORUM 2018
1st AISNA Graduate Forum Conference
September 28, 2018
Centro Studi Americani
keynote speaker: Jeffrey C. Stewart.
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